AFC Game and Position Analysis

The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens have much to play for this week. Bills must keep the winning rolling if they want the outside chance of making the playoffs. AFC looks to be strong, but weather conditions could play havoc for many playoff hopeful teams this weekend.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills head into a match up with the hungry Bengals who are coming off a blowout victory over the Browns last week. Don't believe the hype on Shaud Williams. Many fantasy owners in deep leagues plunged into the free agent market to grab him, but he received those carries only because the game was a blowout last week and he will not see nearly as many carries this week in a pivotal game in the standings.

Miami Dolphins
Local newspapers were forced to use MIA as an abbreviation when talking about the Dolphins because fans thought the team has really been missing in action. It just can't get any worse for fantasy owners who have to rely on Dolphins players. Now with the return of Sammy Morris to the line up, Travis Minor becomes even less valuable. The only player worth a look is tight end Randy McMichael.

New England Patriots
Having won 27 out of their last 28 games, the Patriots are heavy favorites this week against the Dolphins and if this game gets out of hand they could rest some of their key starters. This means that Kevin Faulk and Patrick Pass could wind up logging some extra playing time and be surprise contributors. Even if Tom Brady and Corey Dillon only play three quarters, they are still definitely worth starting.

New York Jets
The Jets have struggled against winning teams this season prompting LaMont Jordan to publicly criticize the offense again. This was not the best way for him to try and gain some more touches. Sit Jordan and run to the title with Curtis Martin. The arm strength of Chad Pennington has been heavily criticized as the Jets have used a very short passing game since his return. Jets receivers are risky this week against the Seahawks.

Baltimore Ravens

Don't get carried away with Kyle Boller's 4 touchdown performance from last week. The Ravens will try and eat up the clock with the run against the explosive Colts offense this week. Look for Jamal Lewis and Chester Taylor to both get double digit carries. Todd Heap will continue to be a red zone threat and is worth a play.

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have been willing to throw the ball a lot and they might just be willing to get involved in a shootout with the Bills this week. A loss by either team would bust a big hole in what little playoff hopes are left. Kelley Washington is becoming a touchdown producer scoring in each of his last three games played.

Cleveland Browns
Last week was just an awful outing by the Browns as the offense gained wasn't able to generate any type of momentum. Jeff Garcia's season is officially over due to injury, but the team had already decided to finish out the season with Luke McCown before that announcement was made. William Green definitely hurt a lot of fantasy owners playoff chances the past two weeks, he is certainly not someone you want to depend on this late in the season. Lee Suggs isn't likely to play.

Houston Texans

The Texans have yet to win a game against the NFC this season, but that could change on Sunday. While Domanick Davis led the Texans in rushing and receiving, he is a very streaky player and shouldn't be depended on for a duplicate performance. Look for David Carr and Andre Johnson to test the Bears secondary

Indianapolis Colts
The assault continues as Peyton Manning looks to challenge the Baltimore Ravens and Dan Marino's touchdown record. He is 2 touchdowns shy of the record, look for him to break it on Sunday in a statement game for the Colts. Their receiving trio will be too much for the Ravens to handle and Edgerrin James has provided solid production when given his opportunities so don't be hesitant to play your Colts because they face the Ravens.

Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars leave their sunny habitat behind for the Packers frosty Lambeau Field which could translate into more carries for Fred Taylor. Don't count on a big game for Byron Leftwich, but he is worth a play in most leagues. You could see Reggie Williams play a larger role in these final games for the Jaguars.

Tennessee Titans
It is time to stop playing the Chris Brown guessing game every week. His turf toe injury will linger for the remainder of the season which means his playing time could be very erratic. There is no time for that this late in the season. Check on Brown's status at the end of the week to determine whether or not Antowain Smith is worth a play. Steve McNair will sit out the remainder of the season.

Denver Broncos

Those of you who snatched Tatum Bell were left holding your breathe waiting for the results on his knee injury sustained last week. Mike Shanahan is going to test Bell on the injured knee and Bell has little choice but to play if he wants a legitimate shot at the starting job next season. Reuben Droughns will likely split caries this week. The usually cool Jake Plummer lost it last week and he will get a break from the home crowd as they head into Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs
The starting running back spot has changed hands with Larry Johnson assuming the role. Derrick Blaylock has a sprained MCL, but Dick Vermeil made it clear that Johnson was going to start anyway based on his performance. Johnson could be a much needed fantasy sparkplug for your fantasy team in the final few weeks.

Oakland Raiders
The Raiders running back by committee approach drives us crazy and makes all three backs a very risky play. Amos Zereoue gets the majority of carries, but surrenders the goal line carries to Zack Crockett. Add a dash of JR Redmond into the mix and the position becomes very unclear. Jerry Porter is another player who may give you something, but may also give you nothing. These are all players you need to avoid unless you are in a desperate situation.

San Diego Chargers
It's hard to have any complaints about the Chargers offensive core as they have been one of the most consistent units on a whole. They offer a solid fantasy starter at every position and this week could be very enticing as they play the Browns. Kassim Osgood has come on strong and could be a dark-horse touchdown candidate this week. Keenan McCardell is listed as questionable. If He is unable to go, Osgood would get the nod.

It's now or never time. If Jon Kitna is still available in your league you still have one last chance to take advantage. He is a strong play Sunday versus the Bengals.

The Rams will be without Marc Bulger again, but after last week's performance you should avoid Chris Chandler all together.

Play the hot hand of Billy Volek against the Raiders. Steve McNair is officially out for the remainder of the season.

Running Backs
Early reports had indicated that Jamal Lewis was out for Sunday night's game against the Colts, but with the game holding heavy playoff implications he will now start. He is a risky play and it may still be worth playing Chester Taylor.

The Browns expect to have Lee Suggs back in the line up, but in a limited capacity. Avoid Suggs and William Green this week, too much is at stake.

Remember that Larry Johnson, not Derrick Blaylock will be starting for the Chiefs when they face the Broncos on Sunday.

Reuben Droughns will remain the starter for Denver, but Tatum Bell is expected to play a big role again this week despite a knee injury.

The Titans will sit Chris Brown this Sunday as Antowain Smith will get the starting nod.

Do not make the mistake of playing Arlen Harris Sunday, Steven Jackson is healthy and will get the start.

Wide Receivers
Terrell Owens could be limited should the Eagles jump out big in front of the Cowboys, but you have to always ride your studs. They are the ones who brought you here.

It's looking more and more like Keenan McCardell will not play Sunday which means that this could be a good week to play Kassim Osgood in deep leagues.

The Seahawks Darrell Jackson sat out practice all week, but will be in the starting line up on Sunday.

With Johnnie Morton questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos look for Eddie Kennison to continue to post solid numbers.

Tight Ends
The Bills have placed rookie Tim Euhus on the injured reserve, but remember that name. He could be a sleeper in 2005.

The Raiders Teyo Johnson has been taking snaps at wide receiver, but it remains to be seen if he can be of any fantasy value.

Looking for a player who could spark your team this week? Try L.J. Smith versus the Cowboys.

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